Brewers - Cubs Series Preview: Good Riddance The Riot

YOUR Milwaukee Brewers limp into Chicago today, fresh off a three-game kidney punch at the hands of the Houston Astros.  The good news?  The Cubs are also riding a five-game losing streak, having dropped three straight to the Rockies (17-2 in the opener, followed by back-to-back one-run Colorado victories) following two losses to the 'Stros.

So: we've got that goin' for us.  Which is nice.

2010 vs. Cubs: 3-6, 35 runs scored, 62 runs allowed

Current three-game series:

  • Monday, August 2, 2010 @ 7:05 p.m. CDT. TV: FS Wisconsin  Radio: 620 WTMJ
  • Tuesday, August 3, 2010 @ 7:05 p.m. CDT. TV: FS Wisconsin  Radio: 620 WTMJ
  • Wednesday, August 4, 2010 @ 1:20 p.m. CDT. TV: FS Wisconsin  Radio: 620 WTMJ and 1510 WRRD

Cubs Probable Starters (in order):

  • Randy Wells (2010 vs. MIL: 2 GS, 1-0, 4.05 ERA, 13 SO, 1 BB, 0 HR allowed)
  • Thomas Diamond (making MLB debut; 5-4, 3.16 ERA, 104 SO, 46 BB at AAA Iowa)
  • Ryan Dempster (2010 vs. MIL: 3 GS, 2-0, 3.72 ERA, 12 SO, 10 BB, 2 HR allowed)

Brewers Probable Starters (in order):

  • Yovani Gallardo (2010 vs. CHC: 1 GS, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 SO, 2 BB, 0 HR allowed)
  • Chris Narveson (2010 vs. CHC: 4 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 8.77 ERA, 5 SO, 5 BB, 1 HR allowed)
  • Manny Parra (2010 vs. CHC: 1 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.0 IP, 4 SO, 1 BB, 0 HR allowed)

BATTING LEADERS

Cubs  
                  Brewers
Batting average Marlon Byrd, .315
Batting average Corey Hart, .288
On-base percentage Geovany Soto, .401

On-base percentage Prince Fielder, .395
Slugging Tyler Colvin, .539

Slugging Hart, .565
OPS Soto, .913

OPS Hart, .910
Home runs Alfonso Soriano, 19
Home runs Fielder, 24
Runs batted in Soriano, 57

Runs batted in Hart, 72
Runs scored Byrd, 58
Runs scored Rickie Weeks, 71
Stolen bases Starlin Castro, 5
Stolen bases Ryan Braun, 13
wOBA Soto, .396

wOBA Fielder, .388
WAR Byrd, 4.3

WAR Weeks, 4.0

 

PITCHING LEADERS

Cubs  
             
Brewers
Wins Carlos Silva, 10
Wins Yovani Gallardo, 9
ERA Carlos Marmol, 2.55

ERA Kameron Loe, 2.53
FIP Marmol, 2.02

FIP John Axford, 2.11
SO Ryan Dempster, 139

SO Gallardo, 130
K/9 Marmol, 16.78

K/9 Carlos Villanueva, 11.57
WHIP Sean Marshall, 1.10

WHIP Loe, 1.09
IP Dempster, 144.2

IP Randy Wolf, 141.0
Saves Marmol, 19

Saves Axford, 15
WAR Randy Wells, 2.8
WAR Gallardo, 3.2

 

Since Last We Met: Since the Brewers and Cubs clashed at Miller Park on June 8-10, the Cubs have gone 19-26, falling to a season-worst thirteen games below .500.  Oh, and this happened.  That was neat.

Who's Hot: Looks like somebody finally woke up third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who's sporting a .329 / .359 / .729 line -- with nine homers and 25 driven in -- in the last 28 days.  That said, AmRam's been scuffling in the last week, picking up just one hit in his last 16 plate appearances.

Who's Not: In the last two weeks, leftfielder Alfonso Soriano has put together a .216 / .211 / .459 line, and has struck out 13 times in 38 plate appearances.  Outfielder Kosuke Fukudome also warrants mention, as he's lost his starting spot to youngster Tyler Colvin.

Leave, Now, and Never Come Back: You may have heard that the Cubs included infielder Ryan Theriot in the trade that sent Ted Lilly to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  If you're a Brewer fan, your thoughts on the move can be summed up in two words:

Thank God.

Ryan Theriot kills the Brewers -- not Derrek Lee vs. Jeff Suppan Level kills the Brewers, but kills the Brewers nonetheless.  The Little Riot's career numbers vs. Milwaukee: 62 games played, 51 starts, .338 / .407 / .433, with 21 stolen bases.  He's never homered against the Brewers, and he only hit 13 doubles, but for a guy who's job is to get on base and set the table for Lee - Ramirez - Soriano, he did a damn fine job vs. the Crew. 

Good riddance, Theriot, and make sure you talk Lilly out of that nonsense about resigning with Chicago next year.

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